Through 3 Quarters

Both the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers suffered losses in their previous contests, but the Nets are closer to making up for it. Brooklyn has unwrapped a big 102-82 lead against the Lakers after three quarters.

Brooklyn has been riding high on the performance of point guard James Harden, who has 32 points and eight assists along with seven rebounds and three blocks. A double-double would be The Beard's fifth in a row. One thing to keep an eye out for is Patty Mills' foul situation as he currently sits at four.

Los Angeles has been led by small forward LeBron James, who so far has 26 points in addition to seven boards.

This is the most points Brooklyn has had yet this year going into the fourth quarter.

Who's Playing

Brooklyn @ Los Angeles

Current Records: Brooklyn 21-9; Los Angeles 16-17

What to Know

The Brooklyn Nets have enjoyed the comforts of home their last three games, but now they must head out on the road. They will take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 8 p.m. ET this past Saturday at Crypto.com Arena after having had a few days off. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W.'

Brooklyn came up short against the Orlando Magic last week, falling 100-93. Small forward Kessler Edwards had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only nine points on 4-for-13 shooting in his 38 minutes on the court.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles got maybe a little too into the holiday spirit, gifting the San Antonio Spurs an easy 138-110 win. It was supposed to be a close contest, and the Lakers were supposed to come out on top, but neither of those things ended up happening. A silver lining for them was the play of small forward LeBron James, who had 36 points and six assists in addition to nine boards. The game made it LBJ's third in a row with at least 31 points.

The losses put Brooklyn at 21-9 and Los Angeles at 16-17. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Brooklyn have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.90%, which places them second in the league. Less enviably, the Lakers are stumbling into the matchup with the fourth most points allowed per game in the league, having given up 112 on average.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Crypto.com Arena -- Los Angeles, California
  • TV: ABC
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $248.99

Odds

The Lakers are a slight 2-point favorite against the Nets, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Lakers as a 1-point favorite.

Over/Under: -108

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Series History

Los Angeles have won seven out of their last 12 games against Brooklyn.

  • Apr 10, 2021 - Los Angeles 126 vs. Brooklyn 101
  • Feb 18, 2021 - Brooklyn 109 vs. Los Angeles 98
  • Mar 10, 2020 - Brooklyn 104 vs. Los Angeles 102
  • Jan 23, 2020 - Los Angeles 128 vs. Brooklyn 113
  • Mar 22, 2019 - Brooklyn 111 vs. Los Angeles 106
  • Dec 18, 2018 - Brooklyn 115 vs. Los Angeles 110
  • Feb 02, 2018 - Los Angeles 102 vs. Brooklyn 99
  • Nov 03, 2017 - Los Angeles 124 vs. Brooklyn 112
  • Dec 14, 2016 - Brooklyn 107 vs. Los Angeles 97
  • Nov 15, 2016 - Los Angeles 125 vs. Brooklyn 118
  • Mar 01, 2016 - Los Angeles 107 vs. Brooklyn 101
  • Nov 06, 2015 - Los Angeles 104 vs. Brooklyn 98

Injury Report for Los Angeles

  • LeBron James: Game-Time Decision (Abdomen)
  • Kent Bazemore: Out (Covid-19)
  • Austin Reaves: Out (Covid-19)
  • Trevor Ariza: Out (Covid-19)
  • Kendrick Nunn: Out (Knee)
  • Anthony Davis: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Brooklyn

  • LaMarcus Aldridge: Out (Covid-19)
  • Kevin Durant: Out (Ankle)
  • Day'Ron Sharpe: Out (Covid-19)
  • Joe Harris: Out (Ankle)
  • Kessler Edwards: Out (Covid-19)
  • David Duke: Out (Covid-19)
  • Cameron Thomas: Out (Covid-19)
  • Kyrie Irving: Out (Covid-19)